Business & Finance

February 13, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Both the municipality and the owner of a 97-year-old movie theater, which closed abruptly six months ago, are working to convert the landmark location into a performing arts center. The town had sought a grant to hire a consultant to study what the best use for the theater space ...

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Updated at 12:31 p.m. Feb. 5 WESTFIELD, NJ — The town intends to expand the government entity managing its special improvement district to better represent a municipality of its size, officials said. The measure introduced by the town council last week would increase the board of the Downtown ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Plants block the entryway of the restaurant’s doors, and more greenery in the window is turning brown. A sign on the door states that InnovAsian Taco at 106 Quimby St. is “closed.” And while a logo on the door indicates the eatery participates in the online food delivery service ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A piece of information that a government agency mistakenly released revealed a horrifying situation: babies were dying in a certain type of infant sleeper and nobody had told the public. The information obtained from the Consumer Products Safety Commission led Rachel Rabkin ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An investigation into a controversial tweet from the official twitter account of the government entity managing the downtown business district has found that the widely circulated social media posting was “fabricated,” the mayor said. At Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor Shelley ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ — Downtown consultant and Westfield resident Sherry Cronin is the new secretary of the board for Downtown New Jersey, a non-profit membership organization of individuals, businesses, developers, government agencies and local and regional entities that provides advocacy, education ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Businesses come. Businesses go. Here’s a roundup of some of the top business openings and closings to happen in town in 2019 and others anticipated to happen in 2020. Top Openings (and openings anticipated) Microbrewery in Westfield: 5 Questions with Lions Roar ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The online polls are open in the town’s second annual contest of gingerbread building. Eight gingerbread structures are on display at shop fronts throughout the downtown, including a replica of Lion’s Roar Brewery, the Rialto Theatre and one showing a British soldier aiming a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Coming from Staten Island, New York, Vine Ripe renovated a 9,300-square-foot space on North Avenue into a small grocery store that included a fresh meat department, produce, seafood, a bakery and prepared foods in 2015. But that store is no more, owner Frank Bruno said Friday. He ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The staff at Total Hearing Care celebrated becoming part of HearingLife last weekend with Mayor Shelley Brindle, the Downtown Westfield Corporation and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Though the name and look of the hearing center is changing, its staff and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — From now through New Year's Day, shoppers, diners and visitors can enjoy the gift of free metered parking downtown at designated 2-hour on-street meters and 4-hour municipal parking lot pay stations, the Downtown Westfield Corporation announced.  Look for parking meters and pay ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — “We are on the precipice of the next industrial revolution, a cyber industrial revolution,” Denise Brouder told a group of businesspeople who gathered in town last week. The Founder of SWAYworkplace, Brouder was there to launch The Future of Work Alliance New Jersey, a coalition ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has extended the deadline to enter into its second annual gingerbread house-building contest to this Friday, officials announced. The contest rules state that the house, Westfield building, village or other structure should not be larger than 2-feet by 2-feet. The town ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — G Lab Aesthetics, a concierge-type aesthetic medical practice, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week with the Downtown Westfield Corporation and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Though nurse practitioner Randi Carrozza opened the office more than a year ago, it ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A toy store on Quimby Street found luck selling a new craze containing not tiny dolls but itty-bitty replicas of grocery items. An art gallery on the south side saw patrons arrive for wooden letter openers. And a DIY design company had its tables filled with customers making ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — You’d better shop in the downtown. Many elves are making sure it happens. The Downtown Westfield Corporation announced the #WestfieldElfieSelfie Contest during which members of the public are encouraged to make a purchase at a downtown business with the “Shop Local Elf” window ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local businesses are hoping the public will think big about doing their shopping in the downtown. The Downtown Westfield Corporation, the government entity managing the town’s special improvement district, announced a series of specials throughout the downtown for Shop Small ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A long awaited decision on a public utility’s plan to place more powerful electric lines on top of taller power poles is anticipated within the next several weeks as PSE&G works on a route that could entirely avoid the town’s streets. PSE&G spokesman Mike Jennings said ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The official Twitter account for the government entity managing the town’s special improvement district was commandeered for a time on Friday, the director of Downtown Westfield Corporation said. Interim Executive Director Kathleen Miller Prunty in a statement Saturday said that ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — During her 12 years with the Downtown Westfield Corporation, she penned thousands of social media posts benefiting local enterprises, but on Friday it was her own business plans that she announced. Jamie Lemberg, the head of social media and digital marketing for the DWC ...

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Updated 6:31 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — When her 18 years of service heading up the government entity managing the town’s special improvement district ended in July, the executive director of Downtown Westfield Corporation left with a sizable retirement payout in the works. Then Executive Director ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Lettering on the marquees of shuttered movie theaters in Cranford and Montclair show plans to reopen the destinations, but no such wording adorns the front of the affiliated Rialto Theatre in Westfield, which closed suddenly last month. Jesse Sayegh, owner of the theaters, said ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — TAPinto Westfield is a finalist in three categories for the Local Independent Online News Publisher’s inaugural awards, including for medium sized Publisher of the Year. The hyperlocal news website is among 45 publishers across the nation named as finalists by LION Publishers, a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Tens of thousands of people flocked to the downtown during FestiFall, an annual street fair held Sunday. With temperatures nearing the 90s, it was not your average day for a fall fair. Lemonade, Italian ices and ice cream were among the popular items consumed at the annual event ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Picking up a meal at Vine Ripe Markets now can also be an opportunity to pick up some vino. Frank Bruno, a partner at Vine Ripe Markets, said the store had longed to be a one-stop-shop for customers putting together dinner, but securing a liquor license proved an elusive ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The online fashion rental brand Le Tote intends to close on its purchase of Lord & Taylor by the start of the holiday season, and beginning in 2021 may reassess the retailer’s network of stores, the company’s announcement said. What this means for Westfield’s expansive Lord ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Providing customers with paper takeout containers, bamboo straws and reusable bags are among the measures some local businesses are earning praise for. To encapsulate that praise, the Green Team has bestowed recognition by way of a “medallion” (in the form a removable sticker) on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Long before Victoria’s Secret came and went in downtown Westfield, there was Milady’s Shop. Its proprietor was Saul Drittel, who began his career working at a clothing manufacturer in Elizabeth. Drittel was born in Roselle, the youngest of three children. His family lived in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The longtime director of the special improvement district for Downtown Cranford will head up the government entity managing Westfield’s business district for the next six months. Kathleen Miller Prunty will serve as the interim director for the six-month term beginning Sept. 3, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Downtown Westfield’s fashion show Sept. 8 will have something for everyone, organizers promise, as they team up with Runway of Dreams to include clothing designed for people with disabilities. “We were inspired by Charlotte Cohen and Jillian LiConti, students of Westfield High ...

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